An interview series from The Software House

CTO vs Status Quo

CTOs can be champions of change at their organization. The question is “how”. Learn the rules other Technology Managers use from their trials and errors. That will improve your game.

Marek Gajda

CTO at The Software House

To reveal how other CTOs secure Product, Engineering, and the Board’s support by making thoughtful decisions.

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Effective delivery Productive development

Huss El-Sheikh of 9fin explains how a technical founder catches engineering talent “Don’t pass that stress to the team” — how Toqio’s IT avoids overcommitment “Employees aren’t just cogs in a machine” — Neil Mountford reviews his first months as a new VP of Engineering “The role of managers is to connect the dots” "There’s hardly anything better than features informed by your customers' actual needs" “It’s your job to be a good host for other engineers” — Boyko Karadzhov decodes alignment & silo-breaking at Payhawk

Huss El-Sheikh

CTO & Founder of 9fin

Daniella Rhodes Lorenzo, Strategic Technology Director at Toqio

Neil Mountford, CTO at Habito

Sudhan Dhayalan, Head of Product Engineering at HousingAnywhere

Head of Technology and Head of Product at CM.com

Boyko Karadzhov, CTO and Co-founder of Payhawk

Some insights you can discover

“We got rid of the backlog and adopted what I call a lean roadmap. We have a list of problems, and we don’t have any features on it.”

“We got rid of the backlog and adopted what I call a lean roadmap. We have a list of problems, and we don’t have any features on it.”

Mika Peuralahti

CTO at Smartum

“Instead of collecting hard requirements, you create (…) a rough outline of what you want to achieve. How you achieve that is up to you. Then you have six weeks to deliver the goods. If you run out of time, you downsize the scope.”

“Instead of collecting hard requirements, you create (…) a rough outline of what you want to achieve. How you achieve that is up to you. Then you have six weeks to deliver the goods. If you run out of time, you downsize the scope.”

Ludwig Magnusson

CTO at Mediatool

“I want to be sure that if a bus hits me, everything will be fine at the company. (…) My team has all the necessary knowledge, login access, and learning materials to keep work going.”

“I want to be sure that if a bus hits me, everything will be fine at the company. (…) My team has all the necessary knowledge, login access, and learning materials to keep work going.”

Majid Garmaroudi

CTO at Northfork

C-level insights that wow readers

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Product-oriented teams Productive development

"I was never scared to speak up"

Bart Oor, Director of Engineering at Hiber

hiring software engineers
CTO's role Developer hiring

Huss El-Sheikh of 9fin explains how a technical founder catches engineering talent

Huss El-Sheikh

CTO & Founder of 9fin

it resource management
CTO's role Effective delivery

“Don’t pass that stress to the team” — how Toqio’s IT avoids overcommitment

Daniella Rhodes Lorenzo, Strategic Technology Director at Toqio

building cross-functional teams
Product-oriented teams Productive development

“The role of managers is to connect the dots”

Sudhan Dhayalan, Head of Product Engineering at HousingAnywhere

Product-oriented teams Productive development

"There’s hardly anything better than features informed by your customers' actual needs"

Head of Technology and Head of Product at CM.com

product roadmap and strategy
Effective delivery Product-oriented teams

“Know more than what’s within your scope” — how Anthony Oduu centers the product roadmap on growth

Anthony Oduu, Co-founder, CTO/CPO at Verto

Product-oriented teams Productive development

“I decided to challenge the traditional roadmap”

Head of Product at Convious

business it alignment
Effective delivery Productive development

“It’s your job to be a good host for other engineers” — Boyko Karadzhov decodes alignment & silo-breaking at Payhawk

Boyko Karadzhov, CTO and Co-founder of Payhawk

CTO's role Effective delivery

Creativity in outcome-driven software development

Martin Mazur, Product & Technology Consultant

CTO's career CTO's role

From CTO to CEO – the three skills you need to make the journey

Casper H Rasmussen, CTO at Monta

Effective delivery Productive development

“The goal is to have a self-optimizing system”

Daniel Gebler, CTO at Picnic

Developer hiring Product-oriented teams

“If you have a product fit and cultural alignment, everything else is workable”

Jakob Nederby Nielsen, CTPO & Co-founder at Dixa

Effective delivery Self-managed teams

“I don’t like processes. They don’t set you up for sustained success”

Richard Eklund, CTO at Tibber

Productive development Self-managed teams

The 3 development efficiency problems that keep you from having an optimal setup

Harald Walden, CTO at Brite Payments

Developer motivation Product-oriented teams

“Developers want to be product-oriented, but you’re not letting them”

Wojciech Zawistowski, VP of Engineering at Contractbook

Developer motivation Self-managed teams

"There is no trust without delegated authority"

Majid Garmaroudi, CTO at Northfork

CTO's role Self-managed teams

"Only hire developers with an urge to build"

Ludwig Magnusson, CTO at Mediatool

CTO's role Effective delivery

Stop adding features, start removing problems

Mika Peuralahti, CTO at Smartum

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Atlas Shrugged

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A Beautiful Constraint

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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

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Ben Brown

The Culture Map

A remedy for internal misunderstandings

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Ben Brown

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How purpose-based leadership ties to business success

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Jakob Nederby Nielsen

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Richard Eklund

The Pragmatic Engineer

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Hans J Skovgaard

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Harald Walden

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Wojciech Zawistowski

Continuous Discovery Habits

How to find feature ideas users and the business value

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Escaping the Build Trap

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Ludwig Magnusson

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Radical Focus

The right way to use OKRs

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